The Trees Keeping Vietnam’s Mekong Afloat

The Trees Keeping Vietnam’s Mekong Afloat.

The Mekong Delta or the Nine Dragon river delta (in Vietnamese), is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam, about 39,000 square kilometres. The size of the area covered by water is seasonal. The heart of the Mekong Delta are Can Tho, Vinh Long and Sa Dec Provinces, from where it is possible to reach the remotest confines of the delta: south towards the mangroves and the South East Asia Sea, north towards Chau Doc, or west towards the island of Phu Quoc. The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of country’s two main rice-bowls; comprised of low lying rice paddies, and the rivers bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of the hectic Mekong River highway provide a comprehensive network of canals and channels acting as on and off ramps to the main thoroughfare. Due to rising sea levels, the delta area is in danger of being submerged in the decades to come.

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